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Rainbow baJX+I)uJ!y(hrc8mc&nuTZSD1SN(-F#$#N^=VH3Uf2tjLP8eAe6nners were hung on Taiwan’s streets and at Taoyuan airport this weekend to welcome visitors to this 17th annual Taiwan Pride, set to kick off next weekend.

The additions came after Taiwan last month painted a rainbow crossing in Ximen, close to the cjub88dvHtTHr9uYE%tb=6qoP^jNHw6hFgVBxMFnFaqvrXTnHfkity’s gayborhood.

Taiwan LGBT Pride shared on Facebook on Monday (14 October) photos of banners saying “Welcome to Taiwan Pride” and “Let’s Celebrate Love with Love” at the country’s largest airport, Taiyuan.

Other photos showed banners on the streets of downtown TavJzk=MjjW&i3s06J4f#&o*[email protected])Hxipei.

Organizers of the [email protected]*rePHgI%[email protected]!(iPU7wWNxzb8hxk&deh17th annual Taiwan LGBT Pride parade expect more than 200,000—a record number—at the pride parade scheduled to take place on 26 October.

For the first time, the parade will start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and tjiS4RvYpxX0TzQXISMVeqDw+72q(%e5FBpV_MFTF#vKxtVT!!0ravel across the city to the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard.

A newly-installed rainbow crossing h9VgjmlOI=ZaZyU9jyacrlCzeaQI0_C2J8DM=YQ&ZygJ1%EUap3as proved popular with Taipei citizens, with people sharing photos and selfies of the crossing on social media.

Pride

The pride will be held just five months after Taiwan became the first country in Asia=AjYrtw&riJPLXt%kJXnj1(hvGnnqDTU_lCo1$hE5IOkKP1QcL to recognize same-sex marriages.

Gay sinz2mqMY=wnQkj-Lp#Xnp2qIu+YYJY+X8ChHke)2xY&W2Y7LvIA4ger-songwriter HUSH will be an ambassador for the landmark event.

As one-7M=1FKQrNh*@NxfISlBZFI!Uj%xNIVtaa+cLfSvj5jf_knhCX of only a handful of Taiwan celebrities to come out publicly, HUSH, whose real name is Chen Jia-Wei, on Friday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.

Pride this year, the first since Taiwan became the first countr4NQR^!#[email protected]*=wKOXZgy9!HuRL$M38oo8w-4ENchjy in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, will start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travel along Yixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.

The parade will then turn south to Renai Road before endingaY2SsbEefl-dxARI3QBkg&$IRAW17*[email protected] near the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Market with more than 100 stalls.

HUSH will also perform at Ketagalan Boulevard.

Press officer for Pride 2019, Benson Lee, said the new route was chosen to recognize the roles played by both Taipei City and the President’s Office in bringing aboDu86=%Uf)8vd9zd4y(oIoYKRGs_W*002O+5ZHw0Y7NRMiEn&m=ut same-sex marriage.

For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini ParadHFRwsLPB2OYa-Ds!yR9Isn0)rwaX0i(G-8Q--99Ox1tYR6cE$%e.

This year takes the8zSNwXJ%j_p&E1E3ECxLkNuh2dk%[email protected] theme "Together, Make Taiwan Better”.

The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It wa!Ohhg)of&Q-MaY5OwJns!hUB()qPR-0h8maj8WE+psL*FcMVBbs chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is everywhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.

Last year, more than 100,000 people took to the streets of Taipei for a pride parade that demam$3zDk([email protected]!oC^[email protected]nded marriage equality.

It came just a month before devastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voters did n[email protected]^9bubFTxj#_4k_-4m0_4sHbr^lI((x8QZoC%W0LLJNMau=ot support same-sex marriage.

Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finally legalizedF-=6Dsd84fDy42HOaE-xPNOI%LrglKVYzhX5Trw&DU*b(_c1Jf same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.

This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage [email protected]_fwoE7*$GkLh^[email protected]and will fight against prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT people.

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